Have you noticed the onslaught of thoughts from a myriad of pundits on leadership.
Some days it seems that everyone is a leadership expert, coach, guru, "eminence grise", and more....
Then you walk into a business, any business, especially the ones in retail....it quickly become a case of what happened. You immediately sense the leadership vacuum!
There is a dichotomy...for some reason all the writings, musings, opinions on leadership that are readily available are not making their way where leadership is required. Which makes you wonder, who reads all these thoughts, attends all the seminars/webinars on leadership? If they read it....how come its not happening?
Lets assume for a moment that all the thoughts on leadership are being read:
Here is a thought: "Why stretch, make an effort, influence the team, put my mortgage / line of credit payment at risk, to assume an ephemeral leadership position...to perhaps make a difference."
Another thought: "Much easier to be in the career business, than the leadership, make a difference business."
You know the saying by Theodore Roosevelt...
The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.
What do you think?